Navigating an In-Person Interview During the Pandemic

Navigating an In-Person Interview During the Pandemic

If you are searching for a new job right now, it’s safe to expect a video interview. With everything going on in the world, it is safer and more convenient for all parties to do a virtual interview. However, in-person interviews are still happening in some roles, and depending on where you live, there may be looser restrictions. So, if you get an invitation for a face-to-face interview, here are a few tips for navigating an in-person interview during the pandemic.

Bring a mask (regardless of vaccination status)

First of all, you must bring a mask. Regardless of your vaccination status, it’s imperative that you bring a face covering (and wear it properly). Each state, county, or even city has its own safety protocols, but some companies have more rigorous policies to keep their staff and customers safe. Even if your interviewer is not wearing a mask, it’s still best to leave yours on as a precaution.

Please be sure to bring a neutral face covering. We have all seen lots of creative and interesting masks during the pandemic, but you must bring a professional-looking face covering. Don’t bring one that will distract from your meeting or that is not appropriate for the workplace. Your best bet is to just bring a disposable mask to avoid any negative attention.

Goodbye handshakes

For centuries, the handshake was a staple to meeting new people, greeting acquaintances, and ultimately, introducing yourself during a job interview. But with COVID-19, a handshake is inappropriate at this time. Thankfully, there are many other ways to greet your interviewer or say hello. A simple wave and a smile will do the trick. Even if you are wearing a mask, the hiring team will be able to recognize your facial expressions through your eyes and other non-verbal cues. When someone is talking to you, nod your head to show that you are actively listening. Also, when it’s your turn to speak, make good eye contact with your interviewers to illustrate your engagement.

Prepare yourself to answer quarantine questions

During your job interview, you will be asked the typical interview questions, such as, “Can you walk me through your resume?” But with the pandemic still hanging around, you will likely be asked a few new questions. Interviewers may inquire about your remote work experience, the communication tools you are familiar with, and some of your transferrable skills, especially if you have a gap in your resume. Many job seekers are currently looking for a career shift, and thus, it may not appear that you have all the qualifications for this job. It’s up to you to bridge the gap for your interviewers and show them how your previous experiences and skills make you an asset to their team.

So, if you have an in-person interview during the pandemic, these are three things you must prepare for to make it to the next level. If you are looking for more interview advice, take a look at our blog! We have tons of helpful tips, tricks, and walkthroughs to help you nail your interview!

How to Respond to “Walk Me Through Your Resume”

How to Respond to “Walk Me Through Your Resume”

At the beginning of a job interview, the hiring manager will typically start the meeting off with an introductory or ice breaker question. This question usually is some iteration of, “Tell me a little more about yourself.” However, some interviewers may also begin an interview by saying, “Can you walk me through your resume?” So, what’s the difference in this interview question, and what are hiring managers looking for in your response?

What the interviewer is looking for

When an interviewer asks you to walk them through your resume, they are looking for a brief overview of your work history. Essentially, this is your elevator pitch of who you are and highlights what you bring to the table. This question is your chance to connect the dots between your experience, skill sets, and qualifications to paint a picture of your candidacy to the hiring team. In other words, it’s kind of like audibly going through the same details you would share in a cover letter but with a human element since you have the platform to present it face-to-face in your meeting.

Tailor your answer

So, now you know why interviews ask you to walk them through your resume, how do you formulate your answer? Well, just like your resume, you must tailor your response here to fit the role you are interviewing for. The things you touch on must be relevant for the position you are meeting about. If you don’t have certain qualifications that are imperative for this position, this is your opportunity to elaborate on your transferrable skills. If you are well into your career, there is no need to go over every position you’ve had. Don’t go beyond 10 – 15 years. This overview is supposed to be short and sweet, like an elevator pitch.

Current, past, future

So, before you launch into your answer, you have to ensure you have the proper framework. It’s best to kick off our answer with your current position and skillsets. This position is where you should focus your energy because it will likely relate to the job you are interviewing for. Next, touch on your past roles. Briefly give a high-level overview of your duties, responsibilities, and projects as they relate to this new position. Finally, wrap your answer up by discussing the future. This is where you explain your career goals and why this position is an excellent fit for you. Using this format will help you deliver a concise yet effective response to “walk me through your resume.”

Practice makes perfect

The hiring manager asking you to walk through your resume is a common interview opener, and thus, you must practice your response. Yes, you should tailor your answer for each position, but your first impression will be lackluster if you don’t have your response pinned down. Practice rehearsing your response out loud to help you sound confident during your interview. If you are not ready to answer this question, you will likely start to ramble, and your response will be more incoherent. This response sets the tone for the rest of your interview, so you must have it ironed out to receive that job offer!

Want more interview advice?

The next time an interviewer asks you to, “Walk me through your resume,” you will be ready to answer this question confidently and effectively. If you are interested in more interview advice, take a look at our blog! We have hundreds of helpful articles with tips, tricks, and examples to help you nail your interview. Good luck!

3 Phrases to Never Say During a Job Interview

3 Phrases to Never Say During a Job Interview

When you finally land an opportunity to interview for a role that you are excited about, you probably have many emotions going through your mind. You are excited, relieved, anxious, and all of the above. However, how you present yourself primarily comes from your word choice or the phrases you use. Even small changes in your responses can have massive implications and leave your credibility in doubt with the hiring team. Here are three phrases to never say during a job interview to help you seal the deal.

“I don’t have much experience with this, but”

If there is a particular skill set that the hiring manager inquires about during your interview, never follow up with an answer like this, even if it’s true. Never lie about your qualifications during an interview (or any time during the hiring process). But, in your response, highlight the capabilities and experiences that you do have instead of focusing on the ones you don’t. If your answer emphasizes your limitations, you are making the hiring manager’s decision pretty easy. Basically, you must show how your experience makes you an asset or that you are ready for a new challenge. You can cross off everything on the hiring team’s list, but if you make them think you are unqualified for the position, you are doing yourself a disservice.

“My salary expectations are $X, but I am flexible.”

Never say this phrase during a job interview. If you are in a pre-screen meeting or a final interview, this question may arise. If a hiring professional asks you about your salary expectations, you must be prepared to answer this question. Do your due diligence beforehand to understand what you are worth. This range will be based on your field, location, years of experience, and qualifications. Once you have a number in mind, stick to it. Unless you really don’t care about your salary requirements, never say that you are flexible. Even if you are flexible with your pay, stating that you are flexible indicates to the hiring manager that you are willing to take less money. Instead of saying you are flexible with your salary, use your research to your advantage.

Here is an example: “for my next career move, I am looking for a salary between $65,000 and $70,000. This is based on comparisons from other professionals in this market with over five years of experience in this field and the unique skills I bring to the table.”

If you are looking for more advice on discussing salary expectations during an interview, check out this blog!

“I don’t have any questions.”

When you get to the end of almost any interview, the interviewer will likely ask if you have any questions. If your response is, “I don’t have any questions,” you are writing your own rejection letter. Having a few meaningful questions prepared is your opportunity to illustrate your interest in the position and make a lasting impression on the hiring team. Before your meeting, have a couple of questions at the ready. These questions can be about the role, the company, the team, or even about something one of the interviews mentioned earlier in the discussion.

If you want some help generating some questions to ask during your interview, here is some insight on what kind of questions you should be asking (and with some examples!).

So, these are three phrases to never say during a job interview. If you are looking for more interview advice, we have a plethora of tips and tricks on the JSG Blog!

Try Asking Candidates These 3 Personal Interview Questions

Try Asking Candidates These 3 Personal Interview Questions

 Trying to get the complete picture of someone in a quick hour-long interview can be extremely difficult. Many hiring managers spend most of this time assessing a candidate’s qualifications and work history. So much so that after you’ve left the interview, you might find yourself feeling like you actually know nothing about the candidate at all. This can be especially true with virtual interviews. When interviewing over video chat, you can miss out on some of the natural rapport and back-and-forth conversation that comes so freely in person. If you want to get to know candidates a little better, try asking these three personal interview questions during your next hiring session. Not necessarily to get a specific answer, but to lighten the mood, break down barriers, and get a glimpse into your candidate’s personality.

What Have You Binged Watched Lately? 

During COVID-19 lockdowns, many of us invested copious amounts of time bonding with Netflix. Most candidates will have an answer at the ready. It’s important to note that there is NO right or wrong answer to this question (and let your candidate know that!). At best, it’s an opportunity for you to bond over something you’ve both watched; and at worst, it will help your candidate feel more comfortable in the interview to talk about something they enjoy.

Do You Listen to Podcasts? Which Ones Are Your Favorite? 

Podcasts have been growing in popularity during recent years. In 2021, 57% of Americans have listened to a podcast. As a result, there is a podcast on just about every single topic on the planet. Again, there is no right or wrong answer here! If a candidate doesn’t listen to podcasts, take the opportunity to share one of your favorites. If they do, take note of which ones they like and why they enjoy them. Is it a silly topic used as a way to unwind after work? Maybe something personal development-related that gets them inspired? Or is it relevant to their passions like sports? No matter what, this personal interview question is a great way to open doors to further conversation.

What’s An Accomplishment You’re Especially Proud Of? (Work-Related Or Not) 

When you ask this question, many people’s first instinct is to jump to a professional accomplishment. However, we encourage you to push beyond that. Work-life balance is of the utmost importance to modern candidates, and they undoubtedly have personal achievements they are proud of. Maybe they learned a new hobby, take on home renovations in their free time, or just worked really hard to get where they are. Hearing these personal accomplishments will give you great insights into who this candidate is and what is most important to them!

Need more personal interview question inspiration?

Are you looking for more personal interview questions to ask your applicants? Explore our hiring resources here!

When & How to Bring Up Salary in An Interview

When & How to Bring Up Salary in An Interview

There’s no denying that bringing up salary discussions during your interview can be tricky. On the one hand, you don’t want to seem greedy. However, you also want to make sure that you’re not wasting your (or the interviewer’s) time, and you can get what you’re worth. Not to worry, we are covering when and how to bring up salary in an interview so that you can feel confident and prepared during your job search.

When To Bring Up Salary in an Interview  

Before we jump into when you should broach the salary question during an interview, please keep in mind that every situation is different. In an ideal world, you would wait until the hiring manager brings it up. In some hiring processes, the company wants to clear the air right off the bat and asks you to disclose your salary expectations in the application or initial phone screen. If the interviewer does not mention it by the end of the first interview, it is appropriate to bring it up. However, you must do so strategically!

How To Bring Up Salary in An Interview  

First and foremost, it’s essential to be upfront and honest. Explain why you want to discuss salary so that the interviewer doesn’t get the impression that you’re all about the money. Then, try to get them to disclose their salary range before you disclose your expectations. That way, you can keep your cards close to your chest for the time being!

Then, set clear expectations. In other words, you need to do your homework before the interview! Perform searches on salary websites such as to establish a range you’re comfortable with earning. On one of these sites, input your exact job title, location, and years of experience. This information should give you a solid baseline for what you can and should be making. Then, consider your personal factors such as cost of living, family, and unique skillsets you offer.

Here are some example scripts

Here are a few examples of how to bring up salary in an interview:

“Before we get any further, would you mind sharing the salary range for this position? I want to make sure it aligns with my career goals as I sincerely value your time and investment in this hiring process.”

“For my next position, I expect to make $76,000. This is based on comps in my area, my experience in the field, and the unique skills I can offer your company.”

No matter what, understand those salary conversations are essential in 2021 and beyond. You bring value to the table, and you deserve a company that will recognize and honor that value! Don’t be afraid to broach the subject of salary in an interview but do so with tact. Now that you understand how to determine your worth take a look at our available job opportunities! We have hundreds of exciting positions across North America.

Why You are Not Getting A Second Interview

Why You are Not Getting A Second Interview

You just knocked out the first round of interviews for a job that’s really piqued your interest. Overall, you feel that the meeting went well, and you are expecting an invitation for that second-round interview. But sadly, your phone never rings. From updating your resume to applying to the job, all that hard work can be an anxiety-filled process that drains a lot of your energy.

Many people, however, struggle with receiving a second interview, and it is a lot more common than you think. That is why we are here to help! Understanding why you are not getting a callback will help you become a better interviewer, and ultimately, achieve your career goals. Here are four possible reasons you are not getting a second interview and some suggestions to help you land that job!

Not a good fit for the job

When applying for a job, you may not check off every box the hiring manager is looking for in a candidate. This can also occur during an initial interview as you start to provide the hiring team more insight. You may have failed to cover all the areas they are looking for in an ideal candidate during your conversation. As a result, that second interview goes out the door.

Before you apply for a new job, always ask yourself if you are a good fit for this role. Carefully read through the job description and decide whether your skills and backgrounds match up. We are not saying you have to meet every point on the job description, but if there are significant holes and your transferrable skills don’t fill these gaps, you may want to pass on this opportunity. Thus, ignore jobs that don’t match your skill sets to save you a lot of heartbreak and improve your success rate in the future.

For more help with this step, check out our interview tips here! 

You didn’t send a thank-you note

Failing to send a thank-you note is a mistake many people make after an initial interview. After each interview, it’s essential to send a thank-you message to the hiring team to show your gratitude and reaffirm your interest in the role. Did you know that 68% of hiring managers and recruiters are influenced in their hiring decisions because of a thank-you note? This study shows a considerable advantage to those who send one after their initial interview. Thus, if you are not getting a second interview, it’s time to start sending thank-you notes!

Take a look at our guide for crafting the perfect post-interview thank-you note.

You interrupted too much

Sometimes, you may catch yourself talking more than actively listening to the hiring team when you get into the first interview. This tendency is most likely due to nerves, being anxious, and the desire to illustrate your excitement. To combat this, the acronym PIE (or passionate, interested, and engaged) can keep you on track in nailing the initial interview. Hiring managers tend to look for these three qualities in prospective employees. As you have conversations with hiring managers, keep this acronym in mind to ensure you are effectively communicating and leaving a strong impression.

You didn’t give them the right story 

It is vital to relate your skills, experience, and other qualifications back to the job in an interview. To do this effectively, you must carefully review the job description. Just like tailoring your resume to the job, you must tailor your answers to common interview questions to emphasize how you are a good fit for the position. By not telling hiring managers the “right story,” you aren’t communicating how you can add value to the team, which can steer you away from getting a callback.

Check out these tips on how to stand out in an interview to curate the best story possible! 

Are you looking for more interview advice?

Failing to progress through the interview process can be disheartening. However, if you follow these four tips, you will bolster your odds of receiving a second interview and securing your dream job! If you are looking for more interview advice, take a look at our Candidate Resources!

Why Hiring Managers Ask About Your Hobbies in Interviews

Why Hiring Managers Ask About Your Hobbies in Interviews

Sometimes the most innocent interview questions can catch us off guard. Hiring managers often ask, “what are your hobbies?” or “what do you like to do for fun outside of work?” You might be curious about the intention of these questions. Are they just trying to get to know you better? Or are they trying to read into your hobbies to see how you will fit with the company’s culture? Here are a few reasons why hiring managers ask about your hobbies in interviews.

It’s often an icebreaker question

Most of the time, asking about your hobbies is just an icebreaker question. In most situations, hiring managers will start with a few simple questions to get the interviewee talking and help them feel more relaxed during an otherwise tense setting. Asking about your hobbies is an easy way to help candidates open up and get them to speak more authentically throughout the interview. When the interviewee feels a little more relaxed, they are more likely to be themselves rather than put up a facade of what they think the hiring manager is looking for. So, if this question is brought up early on in your meeting, don’t read too much into it.

Shows what candidates are passionate about

Also, when hiring managers ask you about your hobbies in interviews, they may be trying to discover your passions. Sure, you can say your passions align with the company’s core values and mission statement. But do your hobbies back up these principles? Asking about your hobbies outside of work is an excellent way for hiring managers to get a better picture of the real you. It’s easy to put up a wall during an interview and show them what you think they want to hear. But a candidate divulging what they enjoy doing outside of work can provide better insight into what drives them and what they care about.

Hobbies can identify transferrable skills

When a hiring manager asks about your hobbies, they are sometimes trying to identify transferrable skills. Sure, you may have three years of experience in your field, but does your love of rock climbing or crocheting blankets have skills, such as leadership or attention to detail, that can translate to the job you are applying for? Basically, sharing your hobbies with hiring managers can help them understand how well-rounded you are as a person.

Additionally, these transferrable skills are even more significant for entry-level candidates with little to no real experience. If you are fresh out of school or made a career change during the pandemic, you may have little to no experience in this field or industry. However, understanding your hobbies and how you spend your free time can help the interviewers grasp what you can bring to the table, even if you don’t have direct experience.

When discussing your hobbies, be honest and provide examples

So, when you are asked this question in your interview, how do you tackle this question? First of all, have some appropriate hobbies at the top of your mind. Yes, we all like watching Netflix and hanging out with our friends. However, you must share hobbies that add value to your candidacy and reflect some of your skill sets. Think of hobbies that demonstrate drive, personal development, leadership qualities, and/or creativity. So whatever hobby you decide to share during your interview, be ready to provide examples and express why you enjoy that hobby. Explaining why you enjoy volunteering at your local food bank or cross-country skiing allows you to inject your personality during the hiring process and show off some of your soft skills that can be useful in this role.

Regardless of what hobby or activity you choose, do not lie about it. If you say you love playing chess and actually have no idea how to play, and you just want to look clever, you are in a world of trouble. Never lie about a hobby. The hiring manager may ask detailed questions about it, or coincidentally, share the same hobby. If you cannot intelligently discuss it, it won’t add value to your candidacy (and can hurt your chances if they suspect you are lying).

Are you looking for more job-search advice?

So, these are three reasons why hiring managers ask about hobbies during an interview. If you are looking for more job-search advice, take a look at our candidate resources! We have hundreds of helpful guides, articles, and tips to help you successfully land your next job.

5 Video Interview Mistakes to Avoid

5 Video Interview Mistakes to Avoid

Ah, the dreaded video interview. You might have nightmares of answering a question while still on mute, having your computer freeze mid-elevator pitch, or your cat walking across your keyboard as you try to explain how detail-oriented you are. And while virtual interviews present a unique set of challenges, they don’t have to be anxiety-inducing. Keep reading for five video interview mistakes you should avoid and how to do so professionally.

Having A Messy Background  

One of the detriments to interviewing over video is that you are exposing your personal space. With a traditional interview, you’re traveling to their office and thus don’t have to worry about presenting an organized and professional environment. Keep your area clear of clutter, make sure there’s plenty of natural light, and limit the amount of stuff in the background.

Dressing Unprofessionally  

You’ve seen the horror stories of people not wearing pants on Zoom calls. Don’t be that person! Make sure you are dressed professionally from head to toe (even if you think you’ll only be on camera from the waist up.) Additionally, consider how specific colors and patterns look on camera. A good rule of thumb is to stick with neutrals and clean lines. A blazer with a plain shirt underneath is always a great bet!

Not Practicing Beforehand  

No preparing before your interview is one of the biggest video interview mistakes you can make. With all of the complications that technology can bring, you do not want to be caught off guard! Test out your video camera (don’t forget to check your background while you’re at it!), make sure your audio works okay, and most importantly, find a spot in your house that gets excellent Wi-Fi. Most employers will be understanding if you have technical difficulties. Still, it can throw off your confidence if you have to repeat things or move locations to find better Wi-Fi in the middle of your interview.

Not Limiting Distractions  

When video interviewing from your home, this is a big one. Put the dogs outside, find something to occupy the kids, and turn your phone on silent. Now, we understand that some interruptions are inevitable. The mailman might set off your dog, or your kid desperately needs fruit snacks at the most inconvenient times. In these cases, it can be helpful to be upfront about your environment right when the interview starts. For example, say, “Before we get started, I did want to warn you that my 3-year-old is in the next room. I explained to him that I had an important meeting, but we all know how that goes!” Interviewers will appreciate your honesty and communication.

Not Taking Advantage of the Benefits Video Interviewing Offers  

Last but perhaps most importantly, do not miss an opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of video interviewing. That’s right, along with all the challenges, there are good sides to a virtual interview! Unlike an in-person interview, you can surround yourself with tools to help guide you through an interview. Think of answers to tough questions like “what is your greatest weakness?” or some quick notes on recent accomplishments the company has gained. Another great thing to have handy is some questions to ask when you get to the interview’s final minutes. These can all be transcribed in a word document on a second screen, jotted down on sticky notes surrounding your laptop, or even just written out in a notebook on your desk.

Don’t be intimidated by these video interview mistakes

In the end, you don’t have to be intimidated by video interviews. While they do come with a unique set of challenges, they also present a few opportunities to show your personality and prepare ahead of time. Are you interested in more interview advice? Explore our library here!

Interview Tips to Help You Land Your Next Job

Interview Tips to Help You Land Your Next Job

Interviews are an essential step to a potential job opportunity to show off who you are and showcase how you will make a positive impact. As you start to land more interviews, nerves can be a familiar feeling headed into an interview when thinking about why you would make a great fit. This feeling is normal and can sometimes bring a lot of stress to someone. That is why we will breaking down some essential tips to help you land your next job. 

Confidence is Key 

It is no secret that any potential employer will want to see some confidence in any candidate they interview. That is why practicing the way you talk throughout your interview is imperative. If you can portray that you are confident in your work and yourself, it will impress any hiring manager. Having confidence in your ability to talk is not the only thing, but also how you prepare for the interview itself. By researching the company or business you are interviewing for, you will feel more confident about why you want the position and how you will fit into that specific role. This research can help you connect your experience from your resume to the job you are applying for, giving the hiring manager a better sense of how you make a positive impact.

Connecting these dots is a great way to follow up with specific interview questions, showing them that you are excited about this opportunity. Overall, having confidence coming into an interview will naturally give off a great impression to any hiring manager and help you land your next job.

Knocking Down the Interview Questions 

During your interview, you are going to be asked a ton of questions. Some questions will be easier than others, but clearly answering all the questions is essential to land your next job. The main idea of answering any interview question is showing value and demonstrating and providing examples. You mustn’t ramble past the original question and keep your responses to a reasonable length. Hiring managers can lose focus if you start to wander on one question and lose track of what you are saying. It is essential to keep your responses to questions focused on the topic and relating it back to your prospective new job.

If you want to knock down your interview questions and land your next job, practice your answers to some of the most common (and tricky) interview questions.

Show Off Who You Are 

The whole point of an interview is to show off your personality and who you are. Hiring managers want to get a sense of who you are, so it is crucial to take advantage of small talk and storytelling. In going into and out of your interview, you will find some time to talk to the hiring manager about random things that pop up. For example, talking about the weather outside and what activities you like to do outside of work. This chit-chat can be an excellent opportunity to illustrate some of your personality and help you establish rapport with the hiring team. When storytelling, you have a chance to create a narrative of your career and what you want to do in the future. Again, this is an excellent opportunity to give the interviewers a sneak peek into your personality and help you land your next job.

Follow Up 

Finally, after any interview you have, it is crucial to thank the hiring team for their time. Always make sure to send a thank-you email and reiterate your gratitude for the interview. In your email, you should briefly summarize why you are a perfect fit for the team and what you can bring to the table. Are you interested in more interviewing tips or tricks? Check out our interview prep and advice resources to help you land your next job! 

How to Request Feedback After A Job Rejection

How to Request Feedback After A Job Rejection

Have you ever been turned down after a job interview? It’s a gut punch. Reading that rejection email is one of the worst feelings out there. Most of us have unfortunately experienced this, and it can seriously discourage you during your job search. However, after receiving a job rejection, do you request feedback from the interviewer or HR professional? If not, you are missing out on a huge opportunity to improve your candidacy in the future. Here’s how to request feedback after a job rejection.

Why ask for feedback after a job rejection

Instead of just reading that rejection email, taking a moment to compose yourself, and then moving on to the next, you should request feedback on your interview performance and candidacy. How can you expect to improve your interviewing skills or bolster your application if you don’t know what went wrong? You should always ask for feedback after a job rejection if the interviewer did not provide any. Did you mess up answering an interview question? Did you lack a skill set or qualification? Or did you fail to demonstrate a skill set that is actually in your wheelhouse? If you don’t ask for feedback, you may never know what you can do to improve in the future.

Sometimes it can be challenging to request feedback

It can be challenging to ask an interview for feedback. After a job rejection, you probably feel a little vulnerable and unsure of your talents—rejection stings, especially if you have been unemployed for months or even longer. But if you don’t use rejection as an opportunity to better yourself and hone your interviewing skills, how can you expect a different outcome in the future?

In the words of Barack Obama, “You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.”

How to ask for feedback after a job rejection

While it can be difficult, it is necessary to ask for feedback in order to improve. Each company has a different hiring process, and thus, will reject candidates differently. The way you receive your rejection will also depend on the stage of the interviewing process. For example, if you are passed on after just submitting your application, you will probably get a generic, auto-generated email (if you hear back at all). But if you have an interview or two, you can expect a more personal response.

More than likely, you will receive an email thanking you for your time and that although you were a great candidate, “the company decided to move forward in the process with other candidates at this time.” If you receive this email, you can quickly respond and ask for feedback.

Example response to a rejection email

“Hi [Hiring Manager/HR Name]

Thank you for following up about [position name] and informing me about your decision.

As I continue my job search, I am always looking for ways to improve my interviewing skills and bolster my candidacy. Was there an area you felt like I was lacking or part of the interview you think that I can perform better in the future?

Any feedback you can share would be greatly appreciated and help me enhance my job search, and ultimately, my career.

Thank you for your time and feedback,

[Your name]

Final thoughts

When requesting feedback, you want to keep it short and sweet. Start it off with expressing your gratitude for the interviewer’s time and then asking them to share how you can improve. Thank them again and fire it off. Don’t try to change their mind, argue about your candidacy, or accuse them of anything. They made their decision, and you will just put a bad taste in their mouth if you are bitter about their decision.

You can facilitate this feedback the same way if the interviewer calls you to inform you of their response. If you request feedback in your rejection phone call, their response and advice may even be more specific if it’s fresh in their minds, so please don’t hesitate to ask over the phone!

It can feel awkward to ask for advice after being rejected from a job, but if you don’t ask for input, it will be challenging to know how to improve as a candidate. If you are ready to move on and put your interviewing skills to the test, review our job board today!